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SHIP NAME: Volgoneft 263 KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source ETC
type A
volume
material kerosene
dead 0
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source Swedish CG
type A
volume
material
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On the morning of May 14, 1990, a collision occurred between the Soviet tanker Volgoneft 263 and the West German dry cargo ship Betty off the south coast of Sweden.


source JPRS-TEN-90-003, 30 May 1990
type A
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At 1040 on 14 May, the Volgoneft Shipping Company's motorship Volgoneft-263 collided with the West German ship Betta. Our correspondent is told the details of this incident by M. Belyayev, chief of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic River Fleet Ministry's Main Inspectorate for Shipping Safety and Protection of Installations.[Whew!]

First of all, I must specify that what happened was not a collision. Our ship, which was sailing the route from Petrozavodsk to Copenhagen at a spped of three knots per hour, was, you might say, attacked in fog by the West german Betta. It was struck on the port side in the region of the third and fifth tanks. A hole approximately five meters deep was made. According to preliminary data, more than 50 tonnes (according to other reports, 900 tonnes --- author) escaped through it.

In conjunction with the Swedish coastguard of the port of Karlskrona, the captain of the motorship Betta was issied with a statement of responsibility, which he signed. The captain did not make a counter statement. The coastguard established the need to examine the captain of the motorship Betta and the other crew members for alcohol. There is a suspicion that a watch was not being kept on board the ship. In this connection the port police were summoned and escorted the motor- ship into port to conduct a medical examination of its crew members. We do not yet know anything about its results.

The motorship Betta belongs to an FRG company. It has 200 tons of potatoes on board. The vessel has a displacement of approximately 400 tons.


source CTX
type C
volume
material F
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The fact that the Volgoneft was hit on the port side does hint that that Betty was the burdened vessel. But at this point we can't be sure what really happened.

ITOPF says ship spilled 1,318 tons of heavy fuel. Water temp was below pour point. ITOPF uses this as a example of successful recovery of heavy oil in cold waters by mechanical grabs. Conditions were calm, and 900 tons of oil/water mix were recovered.

The Volgoneft 263 has a dwt of 4,701, so it really should not be in the database.